SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester School District Two says they're investigating after two posts were made to a fake Facebook page claiming classes September 12-17 had been canceled.
The first post from the fake page was made Sunday evening, reading:
The real Dorchester School District Two responded with this Facebook post Sunday evening, saying classes are in session.
The person, or people, behind the fake Facebook page then responded Monday afternoon with another post, claiming the people behind the real DD2 Facebook page are the ones doing the prank.
The fake Facebook page posted:
"It's come to our attention that a fake Facebook page is sharing that Summerville High School will be open today. Please note that ALL schools will be closed from Monday until Saturday."
The school district is urging people to ignore this post.
The district spokeswoman released this statement:
Dorchester District Two would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students that school closure is a very important decision that is made for specific reasons. This decision is always communicated in multiple ways to families through a phone call message to every home, immediate notification of all local media about closures, postings on district and school websites, and postings on social media. If a parent or student ever has questions about school closures, they should contact their school or the district office.
Many parents in the district said they saw the post Monday morning, but didn't believe it for a minute.
"There is no volcanic activity in South Carolina," Stephanie Adams said, who has three children in DD2 schools. "It's kind of crazy."
"It's just a prank, someone thought it was funny," Ruth Ruffins said, who also has three children in DD2 schools. "But, you know you also got to think about if someone took maybe another message seriously it could get in the way for important days for especially seniors."
Ruffins and Adams said their children went to class Monday.
Adams even had some advice for the pranksters.
"Make up something more realistic next time," Adams said.
School officials say they do not believe there were any absences Monday due to the posts.